'Peverse incentive' NHS waiting list claim made by AMs
ASSEMBLY Members have claimed a "perverse incentive" existed for medical consultants to have longer NHS waiting times so that more people will see them privately.
The Assembly's public accounts committee suggested that patients who see specialist consultants privately might be able to get on a waiting list for treatment sooner, in effect NHS queue-jumping.
The committee added that consultants' long working hours were unsustainable.
It called for an investigation by the public spending watchdog after hearing conflicting accounts.
The Welsh Government said "procedures, guidance and rules" were in place to ensure equal treatment.